What is going on in the World? November 2021

[TW: Sensitive content that some readers might find distressing]. The world is a very busy place, and it’s hard to stay on top of everything. So here are a few events which took place last month…   Violence Continues to Surge into the New Month: On Monday, November 1st, CNN reported that there were at least… Read more »

by Feba Sebastian 5 months ago

[TW: Sensitive content that some readers might find distressing].

The world is a very busy place, and it’s hard to stay on top of everything. So here are a few events which took place last month… 

 Violence Continues to Surge into the New Month:

On Monday, November 1st, CNN reported that there were at least 11 mass shootings over Halloween weekend. At least 12 people were killed and another 52 were injured. These numbers represent the increase in gun violence the US has seen since the pandemic began.

On Friday, November 5th, at least 8 people died after a crowd surge at a Travis Scott concert. About 50,000 were at the sold-out concert in Houston.

On Saturday, November 6th, at least three people were injured after a knife attack on a high speed train in Germany.

Unrest in Afghanistan Continues:

On Monday, November 1st, the Taliban reported three people were shot and killed at a wedding in Afghanistan for playing the music too loud. Another ten people were injured during the shooting.

On Wednesday, November 3rd, at least 30 people were killed after a blast hit Kabul’s biggest military hospital. At least 15 were wounded during the attack.

Building Collapses in Nigeria:

On Wednesday, November 3rd, rescuers in Nigeria raced to find survivors two days after a 22-story building collapsed in Lagos. The building was under construction.

Fuel Tank Explosion in Sierra Leone:

On Saturday, November 6th, at least 98 people died in Sierra Leone after a fuel tanker exploded, several others were injured by the explosion. The explosion occurred after two vehicles hit each other and the fuel tanker was about to deposit its fuel.

World Surpasses Five Million Deaths:

On Monday, November 1st, John Hopkins announced that the global deaths have surpassed 5 million. Deaths and cases have been increasing for the first time in two months, according to the WHO.

 Cases Worsen in Other Countries:

On Monday, November 1st, the CDC moved Russia to a very high-risk category regarding travel restrictions.

On Tuesday, November 2nd, Tonga announced that it is going into lockdown following the announcement of its first positive Covid case. The island will be on lockdown for one week.

On Wednesday, November 3rd, Germany raised alarms about the increases of cases and pressure on hospitals. Experts are calling it the pandemic of the unvaccinated. Right now, only 66.8% of Germany’s population is vaccinated.

Storm Arwen:

On Saturday, November 27th, Storm Arwen thrashed through the UK, killing at least two people. Winds  from the storm reached as high as 90 mph in some areas. Red weather warnings were issued the day before as meteorologists predicted this storm.

Covid Update:

On Monday, November 29th, the CDC announced that all people should receive Covid 19 booster shot due to the Omicron Variant. The booster is recommended for those 18 and over.

Total vaccinations have hit the 96 million mark as the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme continues its drive to protect the most vulnerable ahead of Christmas. This has increased rapidly after the cases of new Covid variant, Omicron, has been identified in England.

More than one million 12 to 15-year-olds in England have been vaccinated against COVID-19, as the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme continues to visit hundreds of schools every week. So far, more than 3,500 schools have hosted clinics, while 95% of all schools have either already been visited or have a visit planned in the coming days/weeks.

What is Omicron?

We’ve been hearing this new variant for a few days now. But what actually is Omicron? Omicron is a variant of the Covid 19. It was first reported to the World Health Organization from South Africa on 24th November 2021.

On 26th November, the WHO designated it as a variant of concern and named it after Omicron, the fifteenth letter in the Greek alphabet. The Omicron variant has been detected in at least 30 countries.

 Positive News – There’s not been much of it about recently, has there? Well, here are a few changes and updates.

UN Climate Change Conference UK 2021:

The COP 26 has drawn to a close on November 12th. This summit in Glasgow has been seen as humanity’s last best chance of reining in global warming to below 1.5 degrees.  Let’s hope there are changes each and every country can make as a result of this conference as it could lead to major changes to our everyday lives.